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Sports blotter: In the rough

Another day, another New York sports icon fends off a rape allegation.
Did Johan Santana go out of bounds? Plus, LT's self-abuse defense falls short.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  July 02, 2010
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Personal fouls

The biggest story in sports media last week was the discovery of surreptitiously shot nude-video footage of ESPN reporter Erin Andrews, whose comeliness has made her a favorite — and sometimes a fetish — of the online sports commentariat.
ESPN's odd double standard on sex
By ADAM REILLY  |  July 31, 2009
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The Iquitarod

Phillipe and Jorge wish they could claim to have coined that headline about professional loony Sarah Palin's resignation as governor of Alaska prior to her first term being completed, but full points go to Geoffrey Dunn of The Huffington Post .
Sarah says 'no mas.' Plus, the United States of Goldman Sachs.
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  July 10, 2009
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Flashback: Sox Populi

The October wind plays tricks on a man when the last breeze of summer meets the first chill of winter in the stands at Fenway Park. When other teams in other parks are playing out the World Series, the air in the Fens hangs heavy.
A short story for opening week
By JAMES MCLINDON AND SCOTT BURRISS  |  April 17, 2009
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Post-steroid baseball

The bunting is hung. The chalk lines are laid out with Euclidian precision.
Nine questions that will shape the new season
By MIKE MILIARD  |  April 01, 2009
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Interview: Mitch Fatel

Given that he was once an intern for Howard Stern, it's not too surprising that comedian Mitch Fatel is all about clits and tits, and assorted lady bits – not the stuff that feminists would gleefully shave their legs over.
Fatel hates the Yankees, loves stand-up
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  March 18, 2009


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Busting Balls: 20 ways to improve sports

College football is stupid. Everybody knows it.
We blow the whistle on the ridiculous rules and quirks that make the games lame
By LANCE GOULD  |  January 07, 2009
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Skell of the year 2008

Man, this was a tough one.
Four out of five dentists recommend Plaxico as 2008’s worst sports criminal
By MATT TAIBBI  |  December 23, 2008
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Shattered Plax


Sports blotter: Burress edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  December 10, 2008
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Magnum farce


Sports blotter: "CSI: Binghamton" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  November 19, 2008
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More bad news for the Mets

Look, it just isn’t seemly for us non–New Yorkers to laugh too much about the continued suckdom of the New York Mets, specifically their bullpen.  
Sports blotter: "Very bad times" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  October 09, 2008


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Mound wisdom

The first pitcher/catcher cartoon in the New Yorker was also the simplest.
Cartoons of pitchers and catchers talking are a New Yorker staple. What is so funny about rubbers?
By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 13, 2008

Bought and paid for

Boston haters will say that the Celtics purchased their 17th championship.
Balls and pucks
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  June 18, 2008
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Man of the Century

Bo Diddley, a particular favorite of Lupo, was the first “name” performer to play the club.
The late, great Bo Diddley helped put Lupo’s on the map
By PHILLIPE + JORGE  |  June 04, 2008

The O'Reilly factor


Letters to the Boston editor: June 6, 2008
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  June 04, 2008
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‘Great’ is definitely the wrong word

When I come across an obvious factual error in a book, my initial inclination is to wince in sympathy for the soon-to-be-embarrassed author. Unless, that is, the mistake is infuriatingly egregious, in which case I’m more apt to throw the book up against
Richard Bradley’s fact-challenged book on the Sox-Yanks’ ’78 season finale is filled with Buckner-esque errors.
By GEORGE KIMBALL  |  May 28, 2008


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Can’t anybody here play this game?

The need to reinvent Rhode Island’s economic infrastructure — which remains anemic compared with most of its neighbors in New England — is more urgent than ever.
Rhode Island remains trapped between economic distress and missed opportunities
By IAN DONNIS  |  May 21, 2008

The void recedes

So I say, to hell with the opener. Catching up with the Sox when they finally get to Oakland is fine.
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By RICK WORMWOOD  |  March 26, 2008
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Ticket shock

When NESN periodically broadcasts a historic Red Sox game during the off-season, the vast swaths of empty seats are enough to cause a sharp sense of wistfulness for many fans.
Fans are paying the price for the Sox success: inside the Fenway fiasco
By IAN DONNIS  |  March 10, 2008
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True Wizardry

Question: what do you do when your team decides to offer you, a mere 20 year old, $12.5 million over five years?
Sports blotter: "Puts up a brick!" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  August 08, 2007
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Play ball, Rhody-style

Baseball fans in New England view spring’s wispy introduction through a different lens.
Nine innings’ worth of stuff you don’t know about Rhode Island and baseball
By IAN DONNIS  |  April 06, 2007


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Countdown to draft day

It’s a dramatic race against time in the American penal system and the NFL draft.
Sports blotter: "NFL spies" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  March 28, 2007
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Bad Boston

Why are Bostonians so damn mean?
27 things that drive us crazy about the city we love
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  January 17, 2007

The Boston Red Sox

This article originally appeared in the August 17, 1976 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
Are they racist?
By TOM SHEEHAN  |  November 14, 2006
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35 things you missed this summer

While you were off baking on the Cape/studying in Uganda/passed out on your couch in Allston, there was plenty happening in Boston this summer. Here’s a handy list.
A season in review
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  August 31, 2006
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The curse of the grackle

In September of 1969, the NL East division–leading Chicago Cubs were playing the New York Mets at Shea Stadium when a black cat bolted onto the field and ran past the Cubs’ dugout.
Merchandising alert
By BILL JENSEN  |  August 23, 2006


Do it eBay

This Red Sox ownership has made it a mission to wring every last dollar out of Fenway Park.
How to bid on ridiculous Sox-orabilia
By MIKE MILIARD  |  July 18, 2006
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Red Sox on the silver screen

For those of us who can’t get enough of the Red Sox, but who can’t beg, borrow, or buy a ticket to Fenway Park, there’s good news: the Sox are now playing at the movies.
Virtual reality
By VALENTINE HART  |  July 12, 2006
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Remember the '80s?

Times have been tough for professional baseball this year.
Sports Blotter: All-Star Break edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  July 11, 2006
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Bostown dubstep

For new electronic sounds, Boston is considered behind the times.
When Tim Haslett talks, Leggo listens; plus, drones at BCA
By DAVID DAY  |  June 01, 2006